Red Cross Renews Urgent Call For Blood Donations

The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown further reduced lifesaving donations.

In January, more than 4,600 Red Cross blood and platelet donations went uncollected as blood drives were forced to cancel due to severe winter weather blanketing parts of the U.S., and additional cancellations are expected this week. Weather travel advisories may cause even more donors to delay their planned donations.

The federal government shutdown also affected donations as more than 4 percent of Red Cross blood collections come from drives sponsored by military and local, state and federal government agencies. About 30 blood drives hosted by federal offices were canceled across the country due to the shutdown, leaving more than 900 donations uncollected.

“Disruptions to blood and platelet donations jeopardize the availability of blood for patients who depend on transfusions for survival,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “We’re grateful for all those who have come out to give since we issued our emergency call earlier this month and now urge others to come out and give to prevent delays in essential medical care.”

Right now, Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and there is less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand. The Red Cross strives to maintain a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products. 

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urgently needed to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Donation appointments can be easily scheduled by using the free Blood Donor App , visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

How to donate blood

Simply download the  American Red Cross Blood Donor App , visit  RedCrossBlood.org  or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to  donate blood . High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass ®  to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at  RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass  or use the Blood Donor App.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 29-Feb. 28

Sacramento County

Sacramento

2/9/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Delta Shores Mall, 8144 Delta Shores Circle S

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San Joaquin County

Escalon

2/12/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christian Reformed Church, 2203 California Street

Linden

2/20/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Linden High School, 18527 E Front Street

Lodi

1/30/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hutchins Square Community Center, 125 S. Hutchins

2/1/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lodi Memorial Hospital, 975 S Fairmont Avenue

2/6/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hutchins Square Community Center, 125 S. Hutchins

2/13/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hutchins Square Community Center, 125 S. Hutchins

2/20/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hutchins Square Community Center, 125 S. Hutchins

2/27/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hutchins Square Community Center, 125 S. Hutchins

Manteca

2/1/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Veterans Center, 580 Moffat Boulevard

2/4/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Veterans Center, 580 Moffat Boulevard

2/11/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Veterans Center, 580 Moffat Boulevard

2/18/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Veterans Center, 580 Moffat Boulevard

2/21/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Calla High School, 130 S Austin Rd

2/25/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Veterans Center, 580 Moffat Boulevard

Ripon

1/29/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave

Stockton

1/29/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Cesar Chavez High School, 2929 Windflower Lane

1/29/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

1/30/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., UEI College, 4994 Claremont Avenue

1/30/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

1/31/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

1/31/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., UEI College, 4994 Claremont Avenue

2/1/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/2/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/3/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/4/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/5/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/6/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/7/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/8/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/9/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/10/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/11/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/12/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/13/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/14/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/15/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/16/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/17/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/18/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/19/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/20/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/21/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/22/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/23/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/24/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/25/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/26/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/27/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

2/28/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 West March Lane

Tracy

2/2/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Tracy American Legion, 1960 N. Tracy Blvd

2/9/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Tracy American Legion, 1960 N. Tracy Blvd

2/16/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Tracy American Legion, 1960 N. Tracy Blvd

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Stanislaus County

Modesto

1/29/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

1/30/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

1/31/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/1/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/2/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/3/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/4/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/5/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/6/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/7/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/8/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/9/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/10/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/11/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/12/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/13/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/14/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/15/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/16/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/17/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/18/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/19/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/20/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/21/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/22/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/23/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/24/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/25/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/26/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/27/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

2/28/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Modesto Blood Donation Center, 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave.

Oakdale

2/13/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S 2nd Avenue

Patterson

2/19/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Patterson Fire Station 2, 1950 Keystone Pacific Pkwy

Turlock

1/29/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

1/30/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/1/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/2/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/3/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/4/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/5/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/6/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/8/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/9/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/10/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/11/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/12/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/13/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/15/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/16/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/17/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/18/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/19/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/20/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/22/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/22/2019: 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., JB. Allard Cmnty School, 350 N Kilroy Rd

2/23/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/24/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/25/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/26/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

2/27/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Turlock Blood Donation Center, 655 E. Hawkeye

Waterford

2/21/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Waterford High School, 121 S Reinway Blvd

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Tuolumne County

Sonora

1/29/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/1/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/2/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/4/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/5/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/8/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/9/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/11/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/12/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/15/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/16/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/18/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/19/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/22/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/23/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/25/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

2/26/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Sonora Blood Donation Center, 850 Sanguinetti Road

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Yolo County

Woodland

2/23/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Brenda's Tack Warehouse, 917 Main Street B

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